Since we’re screening Girl, Interrupted, a film which earned Angelina Jolie an Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress and a Screen Actor’s Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role, we thought: hey, why not have a look at what the critics were saying about it when the film came out.
Back in 1999, the way people thought and spoke about mental health wasn’t great. We trawled through the reviews and there was quite a lot of what some would consider problematic language. But one thing that’s pretty much unanimous – Angelina (and Winona Ryder, who feels #robbed tbh) stole the show.
Before you reacquaint yourself with the film, have a quick swatch at what the critics of the time said about it.
“The best performance in the movie comes from Oscar-nominated Angelina Jolie as an aggressive sociopath, a dangerous charmer who stirs up the girls against their keepers the way Jack Nicholson does with his fellow patients in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.”
“Two reasons to see the film: Winona Ryder and Angelina Jolie. Jolie is emerging as one of the great wild spirits of current movies, a loose cannon who somehow has deadly aim. Ryder shows again her skill at projecting mental states; one of her gifts is to let us know exactly what she’s thinking, without seeming to.”
“Girl, Interrupted gives you the time to care for the characters. Jolie is on fire as the wild child who knows exactly how to push everyone else’s buttons while staying firmly in control of her own. Yet in many ways it is Ryder’s movie, etching a journey from confusion to clarity that is both believable and moving.”
“Stealing every scene she’s in, Jolie is excellent as the flamboyant, irresponsible girl who turns out to be far more instrumental than the doctors in Susanna’s rehabilitation.”
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